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E100-57: Matthew 6:5 - 7:29: Sermon on the Mount Part 2




Prayer and Parables

This section is a mix of teaching and parables. There is so much to talk about, so Iâll focus on how Jesus teaches:

* like a true Jew!
* in parables

6:5-8 sounds just like the prophets: true religion is not about what other people think of us, but Jusus is even more deeply theological. Remember the Bible is about God!

Like all of Jesus teaching this is radical stuff the whole Christian music industry risks being demolished at a stroke, not to mention using crosses as jewellery, and prayers on FaceBook! Or are they? Again like the prophets (e.g. Am 4:4-5 see Genre matters: 1) it's the motive that matters.

When someone says âparableâ today we tend to think stories (perhaps with a âheavenly meaningâ) but actually both in Greek parabol? and Hebrew mashal a parable is a comparison. (Two things are put side by side so that one illuminates the other.) In his parables Jesus mixes metaphors like a cocktail barman!


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